The basic deal on tailback depth is this: You need to have two guys who can play throughout a game (and three if you aren't as fortunate as we are, and don't have two guys who can both run, pass block, and catch it out of the backfield).
Given the inherent physical dangers inherent in playing tailback, however, as a general rule of thumb you can bank on between one and three tailbacks per season, per team, either sustaining a season-ending injury (torn ACL, broken leg, etc.) or being significantly limited for a large portion of the year with an injury of note (high ankle sprain, pulled hamstring, etc.).
Doing the math, that basically puts you needing about five, maybe six tailbacks on your roster. And that is pretty much where we are now, and where we have been for ages now. It's not stockpiling by any stretch -- nor would you even want to do that, because with a hard cap on scholarships you have to rob Peter to pay Paul -- it's just fundamental and accepted principles of roster construction.
And in our case, a lot of this is just overrated. Some rivals like to group Calloway and Sims into the tailback discussion, even though neither are. And in the same vein, Kamara was recruited as an athlete and could play a variety of roles, and really the same applies to Henry who could become more of a hybrid player like that Fowler rather than a true tailback.
Last edited by BigEasyTider; February 7th, 2013 at 01:28 PM.
I think Coach Saban is planning to implement the “Reverse Wishbone” with three linemen, a quarterback, and five running backs.
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Like many have already said......We lost a ton of players last year. The more the merrier!
Every year coaches experiment with players in different positions in the spring. In case of a position getting thin, you have other players who can move over to that position to provide depth. Blake Sims playing QB and RB. Jalston Fowler playing RB and LB. Brent Calloway has learned multiple positions. In other words, just because a player is labelled as one position, doesn't mean they aren't capable of learning another position to provide depth.
If a couple of the RB's were just average, I might scratch my head a little. But all 4 RB's are top RBs. You don't turn those away.
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